§ Mr. Harvey
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of the impact of the additional costs of slaughtering and rendering animals in the United Kingdom on the likely levels of exports of live animals. 
§ Mr. Rooker
Live beef exports from the United Kingdom are currently banned. Any additional costs of slaughtering and rendering sheep in the United Kingdom are unlikely to have any significant impact on the level of live sheep exports. Price levels, transport costs and the value of sterling against other European currencies are far more significant factors in determining the level of live sheep exports.